This Weekend in Music History
May 3rd, 1968 – The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Half of the concert was Maharishi giving a lecture on spiritual regeneration. The reaction from the audience was so negative over half the remaining tour dates were canceled.
May 3rd, 1976 – Paul McCartney is in Fort Worth, Texas to kick off a 31 date ‘Wings Over America’ tour. It is his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years.
May 4th, 1967 – The Young Rascals started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovin.’ Their signature hit would go on to be recorded by the likes of Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Willie Mitchell, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, and Marvin Gaye.
May 4th, 1970 – Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. Many credit this event as prompting Buffalo Springfield to write the hit song ‘For What It’s Worth.” However the Kent State incident had happened 3 years after Buffalo Springfield released their hit in 1967.
May 5th, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s album, simply titled Elvis, becomes the first rock record to top the albums chart. Before the release of the album, Presley got into a fight with a gas station manager named Edd Hopper and was fined $52.00. The incident didn’t affect the release of the album whatsoever.
May 5th, 1979 – Peaches and Herb started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Reunited’. What many don’t know is that Herb (Herb Fame) has remained a constant in “Peaches & Herb” since its creation in 1966, while six consecutive women have filled the role of “Peaches.”